Glenn L. Farnsworth



Preferred Name:
Glenn

Nickname/Call Sign: Cascade (after the Pacific Northwest Mts)

Date of Birth: January 16, 1930

Highest Military Grade Held: Major

Hometown: South Parkersburg, WV

Biography

Major Glenn Farnsworth grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  He was drafted into the Army in 1951 during the Korean War and fought in the 45th Infantry Division at Chorwon Valley where he defended T-Bone Hill for over 36 hours.  After being honorably discharged in 1953, he then was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program in 1956. His first assignment was to the 492nd TFS, Chaumont, France flying the F-100D/F.   He had subsequent assignments to RAF Lakenheath, England, George AFB, CA, and Homestead AFB, FL. In 1963, he volunteered for the F-100 Wild Weasel program and afterward, was assigned to Korat, Thailand where he flew 56 SEAD combat missions over North Vietnam.  He was awarded the Silver Star for a mission he flew on April 17, 1966. He returned to Homestead AFB, FL and then was assigned to Luke AFB as an instructor pilot. He had a second tour in Vietnam, where he was assigned to 531st TFS, Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam where he flew over 60 combat missions in the F-100 D/F Ramrods. His other assignments included Shaw AFB, SC, Dobbins AFB, GA, and RAF Lakenheath, England.

He is a command pilot with over 4000 hours in fighter and attack aircraft. Decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, Korean Service Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He retired from the USAF in 1977.

He is married to the former Beverly Jayne King and they live in Acworth, Georgia.

Units Assigned

  • 4/1951-10/1951 Infantry Training, Camp Roberts, CA
  • 11/1951-12/1951 1st Cavalry Division, Korea
  • 12/1951-8/1952 45th Infantry Division OK National Guard; Infantry combat in Chorwon Valley
    • Defended T-Bone Hill for over 36 hours
  • 8/1952-4/1953 Fort Lewis, WA, Honorable Discharge
  • 7/1956-9/1956 Preflight training, Lackland AFB, TX
  • 10/1956-1957 Flight training, Spence AB, GA (T-34, T-28)
  • 11/1957-7/1958 Single Engine Jet training, Brian AFB, TX (T-33)
  • 1958-1959 Fighter Training, Luke AFB, AZ (F-84F)
  • Advanced Fighter Training, Nellis AFB, NV (F-100A)
  • 10/1959-12/1960 Fighter pilot, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing (Statue de la Liberte Wing), 492 TFS, Chaumont, France (F-100D/F)
  • 12/1960-1/1963 Fighter pilot, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath AFB, England (F-100 D/F)
    • 3 years of Victor Alert
  • 1/1963-3/1963 Fighter pilot, 306th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, George AFB, CA (F-100 D/F)
    • 31st Tactical Fighter Wing transferred to Homestead AFB, FL due to Cuban Missile Crisis
  • 3/1963-4/1965 Fighter pilot, 3o9th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, FL
    • Volunteered for Wild Weasel program
  • 4/1965-5/1965 Wild Weasel simulator training, UCLA, CA
  • 5/1966-9/1966 Wild Weasel training, Eglin AFB, FL, (F-100 F)
  • 10/1966-6/1966 Fighter pilot, Wild Weasel detachment, Korat, Thailand, (F-100F)
    • Ferried 2 F-100’s F from Florida to California to Hawaii to Guam to Korat
      • 14-hour leg in the cockpit from Hawaii to Guam…longest for me
    • Flew 53 combat Wild Weasel missions over North Vietnam
    • Awarded Silver Star for leading mission on April 17, 1966
  • 7/1966-late 1966, fighter pilot, 31 Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, FL (F-100F)
  • Late 1966-8/1969 Instructor pilot, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100 D/F)
  • 9/1969-7/1970 Fighter pilot, 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron/3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, (F-100 D/F Ramrods)
    • 60+ combat missions in South Vietnam (Delta)
  • 8/1970-1973 Fighter pilot, Direct Air Support Group, Shaw AFB, SC (O-2)
  • 1973-1974 Instructor pilot, Georgia ANG, Dobbins AFB, GA (T-33)
  • 1974-1977 Chief of Safety, 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England
  • 1977 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

1966 Silver Star
1966 Distinguished Flying Cross
1966 Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
United Nations Service Medal
Combat Infantry Badge.svgCombat Infantry Badge

Flight Info

T-34
T-28
T-33
F-84F
F-100 A/D/F
O-2

Combat pilot
Flight Hours: 4000+

Military Education

  • 1963 Squadron Officer School

Civilian Education

  • Washington State University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
Biography

Biography

Major Glenn Farnsworth grew up in Parkersburg, West Virginia.  He was drafted into the Army in 1951 during the Korean War and fought in the 45th Infantry Division at Chorwon Valley where he defended T-Bone Hill for over 36 hours.  After being honorably discharged in 1953, he then was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program in 1956. His first assignment was to the 492nd TFS, Chaumont, France flying the F-100D/F.   He had subsequent assignments to RAF Lakenheath, England, George AFB, CA, and Homestead AFB, FL. In 1963, he volunteered for the F-100 Wild Weasel program and afterward, was assigned to Korat, Thailand where he flew 56 SEAD combat missions over North Vietnam.  He was awarded the Silver Star for a mission he flew on April 17, 1966. He returned to Homestead AFB, FL and then was assigned to Luke AFB as an instructor pilot. He had a second tour in Vietnam, where he was assigned to 531st TFS, Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam where he flew over 60 combat missions in the F-100 D/F Ramrods. His other assignments included Shaw AFB, SC, Dobbins AFB, GA, and RAF Lakenheath, England.

He is a command pilot with over 4000 hours in fighter and attack aircraft. Decorations include the Silver Star, the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 4 oak leaf clusters, Korean Service Medal and Combat Infantry Badge. He retired from the USAF in 1977.

He is married to the former Beverly Jayne King and they live in Acworth, Georgia.

Units - Education - Awards - Flight Info

Units Assigned

  • 4/1951-10/1951 Infantry Training, Camp Roberts, CA
  • 11/1951-12/1951 1st Cavalry Division, Korea
  • 12/1951-8/1952 45th Infantry Division OK National Guard; Infantry combat in Chorwon Valley
    • Defended T-Bone Hill for over 36 hours
  • 8/1952-4/1953 Fort Lewis, WA, Honorable Discharge
  • 7/1956-9/1956 Preflight training, Lackland AFB, TX
  • 10/1956-1957 Flight training, Spence AB, GA (T-34, T-28)
  • 11/1957-7/1958 Single Engine Jet training, Brian AFB, TX (T-33)
  • 1958-1959 Fighter Training, Luke AFB, AZ (F-84F)
  • Advanced Fighter Training, Nellis AFB, NV (F-100A)
  • 10/1959-12/1960 Fighter pilot, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing (Statue de la Liberte Wing), 492 TFS, Chaumont, France (F-100D/F)
  • 12/1960-1/1963 Fighter pilot, 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron/48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath AFB, England (F-100 D/F)
    • 3 years of Victor Alert
  • 1/1963-3/1963 Fighter pilot, 306th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, George AFB, CA (F-100 D/F)
    • 31st Tactical Fighter Wing transferred to Homestead AFB, FL due to Cuban Missile Crisis
  • 3/1963-4/1965 Fighter pilot, 3o9th Tactical Fighter Squadron/31st Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, FL
    • Volunteered for Wild Weasel program
  • 4/1965-5/1965 Wild Weasel simulator training, UCLA, CA
  • 5/1966-9/1966 Wild Weasel training, Eglin AFB, FL, (F-100 F)
  • 10/1966-6/1966 Fighter pilot, Wild Weasel detachment, Korat, Thailand, (F-100F)
    • Ferried 2 F-100’s F from Florida to California to Hawaii to Guam to Korat
      • 14-hour leg in the cockpit from Hawaii to Guam…longest for me
    • Flew 53 combat Wild Weasel missions over North Vietnam
    • Awarded Silver Star for leading mission on April 17, 1966
  • 7/1966-late 1966, fighter pilot, 31 Tactical Fighter Wing, Homestead AFB, FL (F-100F)
  • Late 1966-8/1969 Instructor pilot, Luke AFB, AZ (F-100 D/F)
  • 9/1969-7/1970 Fighter pilot, 531st Tactical Fighter Squadron/3rd Tactical Fighter Wing, Bien Hoa Air Base, South Vietnam, (F-100 D/F Ramrods)
    • 60+ combat missions in South Vietnam (Delta)
  • 8/1970-1973 Fighter pilot, Direct Air Support Group, Shaw AFB, SC (O-2)
  • 1973-1974 Instructor pilot, Georgia ANG, Dobbins AFB, GA (T-33)
  • 1974-1977 Chief of Safety, 48th Tactical Fighter Wing, RAF Lakenheath, England
  • 1977 Retired USAF

Awards & Decorations

1966 Silver Star
1966 Distinguished Flying Cross
1966 Air Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
National Defense Service Medal
Korean Service Medal
 Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Air Force Longevity Service Award (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters)
United Nations Service Medal
Combat Infantry Badge.svgCombat Infantry Badge

Flight Info

T-34
T-28
T-33
F-84F
F-100 A/D/F
O-2

Combat pilot
Flight Hours: 4000+

Military Education

  • 1963 Squadron Officer School

Civilian Education

  • Washington State University
  • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University
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